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Following in the tradition of Richard Wright's Black Boy, Joseph Zobel's semi-autobiographical 1950 novel Black Shack Alley chronicles the coming-of-age of Jose, a young boy grappling with his identity in colonial Martinique. As Jose transitions from childhood to young adulthood and from rural plantations to urban Fort-de-France on a quest for upward mobility, he bears witness to and struggles against the various manifestations of white supremacy, both subtle and overt, that will alter the course of his life. Zobel's masterpiece, the basis for the award-winning film Sugar Cane Alley, is a powerful testament to twentieth-century life in Martinique, with a foreword by award-winning Martinican author Patrick Chamoiseau.
|Publication date:||12th May 2020|
|Publisher:||Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Classic fiction (pre c 1945),|
Joseph Zobel was born in 1915 in Riviere-Salee, Martinique. His many works include the novel La rue cases-negres (translated as Black Shack Alley) and its continuation, La fete a Paris. A noted poet and a gifted sculptor, as well as an influential radio producer in Senegal, Zobel retired to a small village in 1974. He died in 2006.More About Joseph Zobel